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Few realize that the reason why 80 percent of the planet is watching the US and EU next move without any empathy for their failures is that this is a civilizational war touching several aspects of our lives. One field that should not be neglected is education: when the EU decided to be entirely vassalized to the US (TTIP) it had already adapted its university systems, making it a copy of the US one (Bologna Process). This resulted in the fact that linguistic resources were outsourced because they were considered as too costly. The next wave came with an increase in 'summer schools' whose actual goal is to offer the students who can afford them some of the basics they need to actually follow their cursus at the university when the year starts. The result is of course that increasingly, only wealthy students are able to register in arts and humanities (cf. Nato's Cognitive warfare for the emphasis on grooming humanities).
In libraries, the attack was stronger and twofold: computer catalogues (allowing for some purge presented as the result of the poor understanding by programs of anything but English characters) and very expensive online resources (representing nowadays the main share of a library budget).
In the latest decade, all these beacons of modernization were adopted by the Western lackeys, be they the US or the EU ones. This resulted in an extreme gap between the very rich and the (studying) middle class in developing countries, which has now evolved into a cultural/intellectual gap. As a matter of fact, the only way to study properly for the very rich is to study abroad, because no local structures can afford the costs (adding to that the issue of academic publishing, with companies selling books for 200 dollars a piece). The widespread idea that everything is now digitized is mere propaganda (and even digitized material can be sold at high prices) and the part that is is only in hard sciences, conveniently making it impossible for students of developing countries to access the arts and humanities.
by Tom2 on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 06:50:36 AM EST
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Addition: I don't think it was a civilizational war on 2/2/2022. A rational politician would have admitted that Eastern Ukraine is culturally Russian and that Western Ukraine has its own identity and should remain what it was. But the underground of Eastern Ukraine is too rich and our greedy politicians fell for it.
by Tom2 on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 07:13:21 AM EST
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This, too... would be an interesting diary, but would require supporting material.

Possible subjects :

  • was the decisive Russian intervention in the Donbass war, starting in August 2014, an opportunistic resource grab? Or do similar resources exist on both sides of the border?
  • are these resources important enough for the Ukrainian republic to risk a frontal war with Russia over?
  • or did our greedy politicians (which ones?) skilfully manoeuvre both the Ukrainians AND the Russians into going to war, with the expectation that Ukraine would win, and that they would reap the benefits?

I don't have a good enough understanding of the natural resources of the area to contribute much, but I can learn.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 01:39:10 PM EST
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Wow, two developed and interesting posts in one day!

This would probably be worth a diary too, as long as you decide whether you want to address:
1 the vassalisation of the EU
2 TTIP, which unless I'm missing something, died in 2019
3 the Bologna Process, which I suspect is where your expertise lies.

I had never thought about Bologna as being part of a vassalisation process; the main problem I see with it is that it coincided with Peak (I hope) Ordoliberalism, and was used by participating national governments to apply all sorts of "reforms" which had little to do with the dynamic of harmonisation.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 01:23:27 PM EST
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